Footstepsinthesand (GB)

Footstepsinthesand's Tomiko Thunders Home To Steal Italian Oaks

Silvestre de Sousa gained his third European Classic victory of the year on Sunday as he produced the Paolo Aragoni-trained Tomiko (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) with a strong late run to land the G2 Oaks d'Italia Tattersalls at Milan's San Siro Racecourse, working the oracle on a filly who was remarkably gaining the first win of her career on her eleventh start. De Sousa--who'd already won the G1 1,000 Guineas on Elmalka (GB) (Kingman {GB}) and the G2 German 2,000 Guineas on Devil's Point (Ire) (New Bay {GB})--was riding Tomiko for...

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Breeders' Bonus For Marie's Diamond Announced

A €25,000 Diamond Breeders' Bonus involving the first juvenile winner and first group winner for first-year sire and Group 3 winner Marie's Diamond (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) was revealed by Diamond Stud Bellewstown on X Tuesday. For the first juvenile winner by the sire in Ireland or Britain, the breeder of said horse will receive €10,000. The breeder of the stallion's first group winner in Ireland or Britain will receive a bonus of €15,000. The 8-year-old, who is standing his first season for €6,000, won the G3 Anglesey S. among his...

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Marie's Diamond Retired To Diamond Stud Bellewstown

Marie's Diamond (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}--Sindiyma {Ire}, by Kalanisi {Ire}) has been retired and will stand at Diamond Stud Bellewstown in 2024. The G3 Angelsey S. victor will stand for €6,000. There are also limited breeding rights available. "I believe he is a very important stallion for the future of the Irish Thoroughbred, boasting an excellent 2-year-old record while showing great progression and soundness throughout a long and successful career," said Diamond Stud's Ciaran de Barra. "This horse had an incredible constitution, he is free from Danzig, Sadler's Wells, and Acclamation...

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Marianafoot On The Move To Haras Des Faunes

Group 1 winner Marianafoot (Fr) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) will move from Haras de Saint-Vincent to Haras des Faunes for the 2024 breeding season, Jour de Galop reported on Wednesday. A fee for the son of Marianabaa (Fr) (Anabaa) will be announced in due course. Alain Chopard of Haras des Faunes told the JDG, "He's a great recruit...He fits well with the profile I like. Marianafoot has a lot of arguments in his favour and he deserves to be given a chance." Haras de Saint-Vincent's Thierry Dalla Longa remains involved with Marianafoot's...

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Keeping Rivals at 'Bay' in Cape Verdi

Looking for her first win since last July, Pevensey Bay (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) marked her return in style, closing with a flourish to earn a career high win in Friday's G2 Cape Verdi S. at Meydan. A hair sluggish away from the gate, Pevensey Bay settled along the inside near the back early as Down On Da Bayou (Super Saver) raced to the front. The pacesetter began to pick up the tempo on the first turn while heading into the final 800 meters. Completely buried along the rail with the pacesetter...

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Home Win For France As Footstepsinthesand's Marianafoot Takes The Maurice De Gheest

There were just three of the dozen to contest Sunday's G1 LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville trained in France, but despite extremely tough foreign opposition the home team managed a surprise one-two led by Marianafoot (Fr) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}). Prolific at a lower level of late, Jean-Claude Seroul's 6-year-old had captured the seven-furlong G3 Prix du Palais-Royal and G3 Prix de la Porte Maillot on ParisLongchamp's turning track May 30 and July 1 but was equally at home over the straight course here with Mickael Barzalona burying his mount...

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Arqana V.2 Yearling Catalogue Released

The Arqana v.2 Yearling Sale, which took a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will return to its home in Deauville directly after the Arqana August Sale. A one-day event, the Aug. 17 sale features 146 colts and fillies geared toward precocity on the racecourse. Current poster girl is 2021 G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Coeursamba (Fr) (The Wow Signal {Ire}), while earlier distinguished alumni include fellow French 1000 Guineas heroine Teppal (Fr) (Camacho {GB}) and Olmedo (Fr) (Declaration of War), who won the colts' equivalent in...

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Ghaiyyath Half-Brother Anchors Goffs November Foal Sale

The Goffs November Foal Sale catalogue, which includes a Kingman (GB) half-brother to €1.1 million Goffs November alum and MG1SW Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), is now online. Scheduled for Nov. 16-18, the three-day sale features 759 foals going under the hammer at Kildare Paddocks in Ireland. The sale will be conducted using the "rising tide" format. The Ghaiyyath half (lot 683), also a half to GI Man O'War S. heroine Zhukova (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) and out of Classic scorer Nightime (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), hails from the draft of The...

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MGSW Threat to Stand in France

MGSW Threat (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}-Flare of Firelight, by Birdstone) will stand at Haras du Mont Goubert, Jour de Galop reported on Tuesday. He will stand for €6,000, The Richard Hannon trainee and 'TDN Rising Star' captured the G2 Gimcrack S. and the G2 Champagne S. and was runner-up in the G2 Richmond S. and G2 Coventry S., all as a juvenile. Bred by La Lumiere Partnership and a 100,000gns Tattersalls December foal, the Cheveley Park Stud colourbearer's record stands at 9-3-2-0 and $328,925 in earnings. "It is rare to see...

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Threat Anchors Tattersalls August Catalogue

MGSW Threat (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) is the highest-rated horse at 112 in the 774-strong inaugural Tattersalls August Sale catalogue, which was released on Sunday. Consigned by Richard Hannon's East Everleigh Stables for Cheveley Park Stud as lot 469, the chestnut is one of 541 colts and geldings in and out of training set to go under the hammer from Aug. 24-26. There are also 214 fillies in and out of training, as well as 19 broodmares set to sell in Newmarket. A winner of the G2 Gimcrack S. and the...

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Threat to Swerve Guineas in Favour of St James's Palace

MGSW Threat (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}), a winner of the G2 Gimcrack S. and G2 Champagne S., will target the G1 St James's Palace S. on June 20th, instead of the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on June 6th, The Sun reported. The Cheveley Park colourbearer was last seen running fifth in the G1 Middle Park S. behind Earthlight (Ire) (Shamardal) on Sept. 28. "There's nothing wrong with him, it's just a decision with all of us that he's probably better off on a flat track and it gives him...

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2020 European Value Sires: Proven Sires

With the doors of breeding sheds about to swing open for yet another season, we bring you the sixth and final installment of TDN Europe's Value Sires series. No longer are we judging stallions on their promise alone or their preliminary racetrack merits: these are the proven battlers, with real numbers behind them. No hiding places anymore. For this installment, we will focus on proven sires standing for £/€20,000 and below. This can be a tricky segment of the market to stand a proven horse in, with many sires in...

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